The Christie Administration then appealed to the Appellate Division, according to the report.
Last month, Judge Mary Jacobson ruled same-sex couples can legally get married in New Jersey beginning Oct. 21. The judge's ruling was based on the fact that civil unions don’t grant couples the same rights as a marriage does.
The Christie Administration asked Jacobson to delay implementation while it appealed her overall ruling directly to the state Supreme Court.
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that same-sex couples can receive the rights and benefits heterosexual couples were granted through marriage, but left it up to the state Legislature to determine what it should be called. The Legislature decided on the term civil union.
Gov. Chris Christie has already promised to veto any state legislative effort to legalize same-sex marriage.